I attended community college in my home state of Texas before transferring to the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF). After graduating with a B.S. in Environmental Biology, I worked as a field technician performing ecological field research, monitoring, and assessment for an environmental consulting firm, the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation, the Bureau of Land Management, and Duke University.
I moved to California in 2015 and completed a Master's at UC Berkeley, researching plant ecology, mycology, and soil science. I studied various pine species such as invasive lodgepole pines in New Zealand and ancient bristlecone pines in the White Mountains of California (oldest living organism in the world!). After several semesters teaching at community colleges in the Bay Area, I'm happy to be calling SRJC my new home as the Natural Resources Instructor & Program Coordinator. When not professing, I enjoy hiking, backpacking, and mushroom hunting.